Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Nick Herbig was fined by the National Football League for unnecessary roughness during the team’s Week 10 win over the Green Bay Packers, the league announced on Saturday.
Herbig was fined $5,101 for unnecessary roughness on a punt return. He blocked a player while moving toward his own end zone, which is against the rules. He was not flagged on the play, but the league caught it on video and sent Herbig the bill.
The fine was the first of Herbig’s young career. The team’s fourth-round pick out of Wisconsin, Herbig has appeared in all nine games so far, serving as the No. 4 outside linebacker and working as a key special teamer.
Herbig was the only Steelers player fined for actions in Week 10, which included a scrum between the teams on the final play of the game after Packers tackle Zach Tom tackled Steelers safety Damontae Kazee while he was going out of Bounds. Tom was the only player fined for that dust-up.
Fine amounts are set by the NFL CBA. Fines go to the Professional Athletes Foundation, which gives money to NFL legends in need and provides funds to support the health and safety of football players at all levels.
The Steelers have been fined nearly $400,000 so far this season. Here’s a summary of some of the notable fines this season:
2023 Steelers Fines
Week 1 SS Keanu Neal $8,556 Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Week 1 LS Christian Kuntz $5,222 Face Mask
Week 2 ILB Kwon Alexander $43,709 Late Hit
Week 2 S Damontae Kazee $11,806 Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Week 2 ILB Elandon Roberts $43,708 Impermissible Use of Helmet
Week 2 RB Jaylen Warren $48,556 Impermissible Use of Helmet
Week 3 ILB Kwon Alexander $43,709 Impermissible Use of Helmet
Week 3 SS Miles Killebrew $13,792 Helmet-to-Helmet Hit
Week 5 OLB T.J. Watt $13,659 Uniform/Equipment Violation
Week 5 OLB T.J. Watt $11,473 Hit on Defenseless Player
Week 7 WR Diontae Johnson $10,927 Taunting
Week 7 S Damontae Kazee $11,806 Impermissible Use of Helmet
Week 7 WR George Pickens $8,525 Taunting
Week 7 WR George Pickens $8,525 Blindside Block
Week 7 RB Jaylen Warren $48,556 Impermissible Use of Helmet
Week 8 S Damontae Kazee $11,806 Impermissible Use of Helmet
Week 8 S Damontae Kazee $11,806 Hit on Defenseless Player
Week 8 OLB T.J. Watt $16,391 Roughing the Passer
Week 8 WR Diontae Johnson $25,000 Criticizing Officials
Week 10 OLB Nick Herbig $5,101 Unnecessary Roughness